All persons living in Gujarat are Gujaratis: Govt tells HC

Notice issued to state government over attacks on migrants from other states

Ahmedabad: A bench headed by Chief Justice Subhash Reddy of the Gujarat High Court, on Thursday, issued a notice to the state government on a PIL saying that the government had failed to discharge its Constitutional duty of providing safety and security to people living in the state.

Additional advocate general Prakash Jaani told the court that all persons living in Gujarat are Gujaratis and that the government does not practice any discrimination on the basis of the state of their domicile. He said that the government was committed to protecting the life and property of every person living in Gujarat and those trying to disturb peace will be dealt with strongly.

Industrialists distraught

The PIL, filed by KR Koshti said that around one crore persons from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha are living in Gujarat and they are being subjected to threats and violence. Around 100 industrialists of Mahsana and Sabarkantha districts, distraught by this turn of events, have appealed to the chief minister to ensure the safety of the migrant labourers from Bihar and other Hindi-speaking states.

‘Burn him alive’

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor concluded his day-long goodwill fast on Thursday. “I am not into spreading hatred against any person or group,” he said. However, his close aide and another Congress MLA Geniben Thakor has added to the troubles of the party. Geniben is heard in a video clip instigating a crowd to burn the accused of the sexual assault on a 14-month-old baby alive. The police have registered a case under the IT Act against her.

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